Inspirational & Motivational

I’ve been noticing something within my internet circles lately and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. I think it’s ok and maybe even a little flattering. Maybe it’s not that I’m sure how I feel, more like I’m not sure what I should think.

A few months ago, I bought a bicycle. Ride that damned thing every day. Track the ride, share it to the internet. Starting tracking my gym workouts too, more for my own use than anything else, but also because my app has a cool widget on my Facebook page. If it’s going to be all about me, why not go all out, right?

Also a few months ago I received a package in the mail. It was a book written by a fellow that used to be part of the podcast I do as well as having a few on his own. A book that was, to a very small extent I’m sure, inspired by me. A fact I know from the post-it note that he left in the front cover of the book. A post-it that I read more than once and was stunned and shocked. Me? Inspirational?

Anyway, back to the bikes. I noticed that a few people have also recently purchased bikes. I’m noticing more people in my circles showing off exercise that they are doing that I never saw before. I like to think that maybe a few of them are exercising more because they have seen that I am exercising more.

I know I’m entertaining. I know that I am helpful and have been told that I’m a nice guy. While my own self-confidence issues keep me from actually believing that I inspired or motivated anyone, every now and again I allow the thought to linger as long as I can let it. That time keeps getting longer, so I think I’m going to end up being ok with it.

4 weeks

MINI Takes the States 2014 starts in that amount of time, roughly. At the time of this writing, I will be hanging out with people at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Fransisco, knowing I should already be asleep for the early call time and drive across the Bay Bridge to Berkley where the event will kick off.

4 weeks.

For me, this is a working trip of sorts. Because of the show, we get asked to go on events with MINI and MINIUSA. Every morning during the event we will be hosting the morning meeting. Full details are still getting worked out. In years past, we are the guys that make sure you have your map, know what’s going on for the day and have a contest where we give out prizes for things we think are funny.

Unlike previous events, we will be travelling together, which has not happened before. Not only that, but we have a very strong team of volunteers to assist with interview wrangling, photo taking and to help out where needed. Every year before it was me doing all the work. This time will be different.

I’m seeing on the Facebook many people who say they are going to try to blog everyday, or make a video everyday. I want to tell each of them how difficult that really is, how hard it is to find the time to actually do that. I’ve managed it in previous years, but it’s hard work. This year I don’t see it being a problem as I mentioned above. Daily updates to the site, multiple Instagram photos (from multiple angles) shared across all of our social media properties. There is a hashtag, we are going to own it.

4 weeks.

Also marks the time that I might be beginning my unemployment. I should know on Monday. As stressful as that sounds, it would be a tremendous load off my shoulders. I’m not sure how much longer I can handle that place, and the Phoenix job market still isn’t quite up to speed, so there aren’t a ton of jobs out there for technical Jack-of-all-Trades right now. But I am still looking.

Happy Birthday to me

A sweet quote received via text message this morning.

Sometimes, without any effort on our part and when we least expect it, that soul shows up, pulls the rug of ordinary life from beneath us, and showers us with it’s confounding radiance — Bill Plotkin

Happy birthday indeed.


My Escape


The latest vehicle in my stable, a 2013 Critical Cycles bicycle. A new requirement for the time that starts at 4p on Friday and end at 6a on Monday. My escape vehicle. My I don’t have to look at my phone for a day device. My escape.

During the week, 5 miles a day has been almost the norm. I hope to increase that by double soon, even with the impending AZ heat. My day will have to start earlier than it did before, but the results and effect it has on me is worth it.

Bad Excuses

Do you ever wish you could go back in time because you have a thought that would have fit perfectly about 2 hours earlier?

Had my 6 month performance review at work this week. Sure it was almost a month late, but at least it was done. Scored out of 5, I was expecting mostly 2s and 3s. Imagine my shock when I saw mostly 4s with only a few 3s. You can image quite a lot of shock. I think my mouth might have opened wide enough to gasp, but I’m not really sure.

My review was after the other tech’s. His took about 15 minutes, maybe 20. Mine took an hour. Discussed were several things, but after I heard “but everyone has had to do it” for the 4th time, I had to say something. For the record, that is, quite possibly, the worst excuse, unless you are talking to grunts that just spent 72 hours marching in the rain and mud during Marine boot camp. That is the only case where that is a valid excuse.


Friends, I’m glad you asked. If I bring up something that has to be done, repeatedly, and is if very unpleasant as agreed by everyone, then we can assume it is very unpleasant. To say that everyone has had to do tells me that you don’t really find it that unpleasant, or find pleasure in the fact that everyone is as miserable as you once had to be. To say that everyone has had to do it is also inconsiderate. It tells me that you don’t care. Don’t care about the work you do, don’t care about those you manage.

Yep, I said something. Did it help? Probably not. Did it make me feel better? Yes.

That should never be an excuse. If you do something that could cause that to be an excuse, then it’s time to make some changes. Time to staff up, time to change procedures, time to get some training in. Time to make a change. Not doing so is the lazy way out and, really, it’s time you find something else to do. We can all smell the burnout on you.